Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivations in Science

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University of Chicago Press, 2013 M11 15 - 180 páginas
"What a splendid book! Reading it is a joy, and for me, at least, continuing reading it became compulsive. . . . Chandrasekhar is a distinguished astrophysicist and every one of the lectures bears the hallmark of all his work: precision, thoroughness, lucidity."—Sir Hermann Bondi, Nature

The late S. Chandrasekhar was best known for his discovery of the upper
limit to the mass of a white dwarf star, for which he received the Nobel
Prize in Physics in 1983. He was the author of many books, including
The Mathematical Theory of Black Holes and, most recently,
Newton's Principia for the Common Reader.

 

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Mathematicians often use the term elegant to describe a particularly creative theorem or proof. In these seven lectures originally presented between 1946 and 1985, a Nobel laureate in physics examines ... Leer comentario completo

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1 The Scientist 1946
1
Its Motivations 1985
15
Shakespeare Newton and Beethoven or Patterns of Creativity 1975
29
4 Beauty and the Quest for Beauty in Science 1979
59
Edward Arthur Milne His Part in the Development of Modern Astrophysics 1979
74
1982 Eddington The Most Distinguished Astrophysicist of His Time
93
The Aesthetic Base of the General Theory of Relativity 1986
144
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S. Chandrasekhar has received many awards in his career, including the Nobel Prize for Physics, the National Medal of Science (U.S.), and the Copley Medal of the Royal Society (London). He is the Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Department of Physics, and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.

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